Nissan traces its roots back to the early 1910s when it was called the Kwaishinsha Motor Car Works. The Japanese automotive outfit rolled out the first car in 1914 and it was only in 1933 when they came to be known as Nissan Motor. Fast forward to the present day, and Nissan basks in the glory of being the world’s largest electric car manufacturer. The definitive promise of performance and reliability has kept the engines churning all these years. The Nissan Fairlady Z S30 sports car is a testimony to that fact – after all, it has been manufactured by Nissan Motors in seven generations since 1969.
The Z emblem has been instilled in automotive fans’ subconscious, and the upcoming 2023 Nissan Z (automotive pundits already labeling as the Supra killer) carries the legacy forward in a refreshing take. Now Nissan has mirrored the Z logo into a piece of home furniture, the Japanese automotive giant calls as the Fairlady Z Chair. In part, the creation is a wistful remembrance of the classic sportscars. The Z’s 50th-anniversary celebrations in 2019 was another inspiration for Nissan and an undisclosed partner to venture on this project.
The Z Chair’s oak wood legs take the form of the iconic logo while the Z S30’s vintage charm is adapted in the synthetic leather upholstery mimicking the original’s wrinkled look found on the classic coupe. The all-new Nissan Z is going to easily touch a starting price of $40,000 – well, that’s not everyone’s privilege to own. So, the next best thing is to take home this chair, and relax in the patio basking in the summer sun, or maybe you can even use it as a simulator chair while knocking off opponents in sim racing. At least then you’ll get the adrenaline rush of driving the sportscars in virtual reality.
How could have Nissan missed the Z element present on the front of the car, that’s why the emblem makes its way to the back of the frame reassuring its Nissan Motor origins. To keep the realism going, the Fairlady Z chair ditches the angle adjustment found on most such chairs, retains the wraparound high-back shape, and gets four ventilation buttons in the lower section. Even the spring structure is in wave belt form, just like on the classic coupe.
According to the team that crafted the chair, they designed a 4/5-scale replica out of wooden frame to reduce overall size and weight. Since recreating the original car’s chair fully was a bit impractical for indoor settings to emulate, the scaled-down model was the perfect solution.
The Fairlady Z Chair’s frame has successfully passed the Japanese Industrial durability test, so you can be rest assured it will stand up firm for years to come. Nissan’s chair measures approximately 18 x 20 x 31-inches with a total weight of around 9 kgs. For a price tag of ¥120,000 (~ $1,040), the chair is a must-have collectors’ item.